Archive for June 2019

5 Trusty Tips to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Trusty Tips

Trusty Tips

A sign of true curb appeal is if people see your house and immediately picture themselves living in the home. If you are getting ready to sell your home, this is exactly the reaction that you are hoping to elicit in potential buyers. While the interior of your home definitely matters, first impressions can make or break a sale. Keep these trusty tips in mind when preparing to show your home or list it for sale.

Trusty Tip #1: Mow your lawn.

Make sure that your grass is cut and your shrubs are trimmed. If some areas of your lawn need some TLC, make sure that you invest in new sod or some fresh flowers for the garden. A well-maintained lawn is the key to boosting curb appeal. While other factors will also impact your home’s curb appeal, nothing will make or break it like the landscaping.

Trusty Tip #2: Get rid of clutter.

This tip applies to both the front and back yards. While the front yard is arguably the most important factor affecting curb appeal, any serious buyer will check out the front, back, and side yards of your home. Stash your garden hose out of sight, get rid of any aging lawn furniture, and retire the faded children’s play set. A sleek, streamlined look will help buyers visualize themselves in your home.

Trusty Tip #3: Power wash every visible surface.

Your driveway, sidewalk, and siding will slowly become dingy over time. So slowly, in fact, that you might not even notice. Power wash your sidewalks, driveway, and front porch before listing your home for sale. You will be amazed at the difference this simple act can make in the overall appearance of your home.

Trusty Tip #4: Fix up the front door.

For most buyers, the front door will be their first close up view of the house. If you do not have the time or budget to repaint the entire home, consider sprucing up just the front door. A fresh coat of paint and shiny new hardware can entice buyers as they enter your home. If your front door was recently painted and the hardware is relatively new, you can probably get away with simply washing the door and polishing the hardware.

Trusty Tip #5: Hide the foundation.

If your landscaping is sparse, consider adding some flowers or shrubs around the base of the home. There is a reason it is so popular to have flower beds right in front of the house. Your home’s foundation is one of the least visually appealing parts of the house. Fortunately, this can easily be hidden with some well placed bushes. If you are listing your property in the spring, consider selecting flowering plants for an added boost of curb appeal.

Boosting your home’s curb appeal is one of the best ways to ensure a quick sale. To learn more about selling your home quickly and for a good price, contact our team by phone or email.

4 Best Budget-friendly Tips To Go Green

Hand holding light bulb

Hand holding light bulb

When you think of going green at home, you probably think of recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans and installing solar panels. If you are like most people, you then probably think of the price tag attached to those solar panels and quickly become discouraged. If this sounds like you, you will be happy to learn that there are several small, affordable ways that you and your family can become greener without breaking the bank. Implement these budget-friendly tips to go green without overspending.

#1 Tip to Go Green: Reuse Shopping Bags

Cutting back on plastic bags can go a long way towards reducing waste. Keep a collection of reusable bags in your car so that you will not risk forgetting them at home on grocery day. This collection of bags should include canvas reusable shopping bags for your groceries as well as reusable nylon bags for produce. If you are only buying a couple of items and you did not bring a reusable bag into the store with you, go bagless until you get out to your car.

#2 Tip to Go Green: Reuse Containers

Another way to reduce plastic waste is by skipping disposable water bottles. Invest in a reusable bottle that will keep your water cold all day. If you drink a lot of soda, try buying larger containers that can be poured into reusable cups instead of spending more for pre packaged individual servings.

You can also bring your own reusable mug to your local coffee shop instead of using their disposable cups. Cutting back on to go boxes and take-out containers can be more difficult, but most restaurants are happy to let you take your leftovers to go in a container you brought from home. While it is definitely more convenient to use the restaurant’s to go cups and containers, the environment will thank you for bringing your own.

#3 Tip to Go Green: Turn Down Freebies

Are you often being handed flyers, pens, or other promotional items that you never use? Many people accept these items and then throw them away a few days or weeks later. Reduce waste by saying no to promotional items that you are not interested in owning.

#4 Tip to Go Green: Conserve Electricity

When you think about conserving electricity, many people think about turning off the lights when you leave the room or keeping the temperature higher in the summer and colder in the winter. While this can make a huge impact on your electric bill, these are not the only things you could be doing.

Many objects consume electricity even when they are not actively being used. This phenomenon is called phantom energy and can represent up to 10% of your electric bill. Common culprits of this are small kitchen appliances that are only used a few times each day but stay plugged in all the time. Unplug electronics when you are not using them to save money and energy.

Get in touch with Huntley Realty and email us at homes(at)huntleyrealty(dotted)com or call 847.669.4010.

5 Modern Kitchen Designs For The Heart of Your Home

Modern Kitchen Designs

Modern Kitchen Designs

Anyone from a large family will tell you that the kitchen is the center of the household. People are always in and out of the kitchen: cooking dinner, stopping to chat, or popping in to get a drink. If you are spending a significant amount of time in your kitchen, it makes sense that you would focus your upgrades on this area of your home. Try out one of these modern kitchen ideas next time your home needs a new look.

Modern Kitchen Idea #1: Less is more.

The path to making any room in your home look more modern is simple: clean lines, open floor plan, minimal clutter, and optimized for functionality. This formula is easy to translate to the kitchen.

An all white kitchen can be a great addition to some homes. White cabinets and countertops can be paired with hardwood floors and wooden bar stools to create a simple, clean profile. Add a vase of greenery for a splash of color and you will have a modern kitchen that will not detract from the living room or dining area.

Modern Kitchen Idea #2: Black is always a good option.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, you could try an all black kitchen. This works well for all of the same reasons as the white. Black goes with everything and it can be incorporated into your light fixtures, appliances, countertops, and shelves. We recommend pairing light wood accents with your black features in order to balance out the colors and make the space feel more welcoming.

Modern Kitchen Idea #3: Go gray.

If black and white are not appealing to you, consider a gray color pallet. A cool gray tone can be calming, especially when paired with lighter colored countertops. This is a more modern take on the all metallic, stainless steel kitchens that were found in every designer magazine in the early 2000s.

Modern Kitchen Idea #4: Replace cabinets with shelves.

Walls of cabinets are great because they offer tons of storage space, but they can quickly make a kitchen appear dated. Instead, install open shelves in your kitchen and use those to store your plates and serving dishes. We recommend using unfinished wood for your shelving, but painted or metallic shelves can work well in certain scenarios.

Modern Kitchen Idea #5: Add a pop of color.

If you just love bright colors, consider combining two of the above ideas. An all white kitchen can look great with a pop of yellow or orange. If you choose to replace your cabinets with shelves, the brightly colored dishes that you already own can quickly become one of the room’s most prominent decorations.

An added bonus to using dishes as decorations is that you will not have to waste valuable kitchen space by including actual decorations. While a vase of flowers looks nice, it is not the most functional addition and as we all know, functionality is key to modern decorating.

To learn more about making your home look its best, get in touch with Huntley Realty and email us at homes(at)huntleyrealty(dotted)com or call 847.669.4010.